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Kevin Lee Seitzer ( ; born March 26, 1962 in Springfield, Illinoismarker) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball with the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, and Cleveland Indians.

After starring at Eastern Illinois University, Seitzer was drafted by the Royals in the 11th round of the 1983 draft. Seitzer made his big-league debut as a September call-up in 1986 with the Royals. He made it to the majors to stay in 1987, where he started the season as the Royals' regular first baseman. He traded positions with Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett later in the season, in hopes of reducing Brett's chances of injury. Seitzer hit .323 with 15 home runs and 207 hits (tying the MLB record) in his rookie 1987 season and, though overshadowed by fellow rookie teammate Bo Jackson, he was selected to the American League All-Star team.

Seitzer also became one of only (currently) three Royals to collect six hits in a nine-inning game, which he did on August 2 of that year in a 13-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Royals Stadiummarker; two of those hits were home runs. He joined Bob Oliver in 1969 (the franchise's inaugural season) in accomplishing this feat; Joe Randa would join them in 2004. Seitzer finished the 1987 season as the runner-up for the American League Rookie of the Year award, behind the Oakland A's Mark McGwire.

After subsequent seasons of .304, .281, .275, and .265, the Royals released Seitzer during spring training in 1992. He signed with Milwaukee, who installed him as their regular third baseman. Seitzer made the All-Star team again in 1995, and enjoyed what many feel was his best season in 1996 with the Brewers and Cleveland Indians. Seitzer batted .326 with 13 home runs and 78 RBI in '96 while posting a career-high .416 on-base percentage.

In two postseason appearances with Cleveland, mostly coming off the bench, he hit .192 with a double, one run scored and four runs batted in. He retired following the 1997 season with a career batting average of .295.

Seitzer currently runs a baseball training facility in Kansas City, Missourimarker called Mac-N-Seitz [121707] with former Royals teammate Mike Macfarlane.

On October 27, 2006, Seitzer was named hitting coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Seitzer was replaced by Rick Schu on July 11, 2007 as the Diamondbacks' hitting coach.. He served as the Kansas City Royals hitting coach in 2009 and will return to that role in 2010.

High School and College Highlights



  • Seitzer was a member of the fourth place Lincoln team in the 1980 Class AA Illinois High School Association basketball tournament. He scored 46 points in four games in the tournament.


  • in 1981 Seitzer played for Galesburg, IL in the Central Illinois Collegiate League.


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References

  1. http://www.baseball-reference.com/s/seitzke01.shtml
  2. http://www.baseball-reference.com/s/seitzke01.shtml
  3. http://www.macnseitz.com/
  4. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2933467
  5. http://www.eiupanthers.com/news/2008/11/3/BB_1103082138.aspx
  6. http://www.eiupanthers.com/hof.aspx?hof=90&path=&kiosk=
  7. http://www.marchmadness.org/records/yearly/1980baa.htm



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